Watertree Health MVP Spotlight: Lowell Shipe
Lowell Shipe, originally from Laurel, Maryland, has one of the largest territories in our Company, spanning from Cumberland, MD to Knoxville, TN. In a month’s time, Lowell drives about 3,500-4,000 miles to visit all of his pharmacies. His dedication and commitment to Watertree Health’s mission has been unwavering over the last 2 years, and his growth is the 3rd fastest in the company. For these reasons, among many more, he has been crowned the November 2016 MVP!
Another top Rep and MVP, Anita Dameron (recently promoted to a regional Manager), referred Lowell to Watertree Health. At the time, he was a cosmetologist who had been cutting Anita’s hair for years. Based on what Anita shared, Lowell saw the business potential and decided to start working for our company part-time. He gradually worked his way towards becoming full-time as of January 1, 2016.
“I like meeting and helping people. I started with the Make-A-Wish® program right off the bat,” Lowell said.
“My first time experiencing the power & miracle of a wish was through a pharmacy technician I know—her nephew was in hospice and no one thought he would make it. Make-A-Wish granted his wish to see the ocean for the first time in Hilton Head, South Carolina. I’m happy to report that he graduated from high school last June. He still can’t walk, but he’s out of hospice. That trip did such a wonder to his attitude, that it actually changed the course of his illness.”
Lowell has calculated based on his performance that he’s personally helping to grant a wish about every 3 months.
“Sometimes you don’t know who you’ve touched, but I know I’m making a major difference.”
The Make-A-Wish program is not the first time Lowell has acted generously towards his community. He once held a 24-hour haircut-a-thon fundraiser for children in need. He also used to give free haircuts to mental hospital patients about once a month. Giving and helping other people is a part of his DNA.
When asked what his favorite part of his job is, he replied, “Helping people help people – the exponential helping factor of giving pharmacists and techs a useful tool that can help others.”
Eric, Lowell’s manager, playfully describes him as the “silent assassin” because his hard work behind the scenes has only recently come into the spotlight.
“When we first trained together, we spent about 12 hours in a car and hit 10 pharmacies. We just didn’t stop working,” Eric said.
“The best parts about Watertree Health are the relationships and life-long friendships I’ve made. Eric and I talk a little business and laugh a lot. We’ve had fun on the road together. It’s been quite something,” Lowell replied.
“Lowell’s been consistently climbing the ladder since he started, and now holds about the 15th top sales position in the company—out of 150+ people. When times get tough, Lowell keeps going and finds a way to keep growing. He’s a machine!” Eric said.
“I want to thank Eric, Shane, and Anita—if it wasn’t for them and all the help they give me, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. They know I have the drive, but it’s been an amazing ride, literally. Since I’ve been with the company, I’m on my 3rd car!” Lowell said.
Lowell, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to Watertree Health and our program with Make-A-Wish. It’s because of Reps like you that we are able to make a significant difference in the lives of people we help. Keep up the amazing work!
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